SNAP Reform: Leaner Budgets and Healthier People 
By Daniel Huguenin-Virchaux, University of Chicago 


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is one of the largest income support programs in the United States, with spending projected to exceed $120 billion in 2023. It was initially created in 1964 as the food stamps program as part of then president Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society initiative, and it has since grown drastically in both funding and participation. As the program grows larger, it is worth evaluating its economic costs and benefits in order to understand how it can most effectively help those in need while keeping taxpayer costs low. 

SNAP Reform: Leaner Budgets... by Hoover Institution

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